President Muhammadu Buhari has launched an attack on the administration of ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan for the gross neglect of the Nigerian health sector.
The president made this comments while delivering a speech at the 58th annual delegates meeting and scientific conference of the Nigeria Medical Association in Abuja last week.
President Buhari, who was represented by his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo disclosed that the global price of crude oil was over $100 barrels per day adding that the Jonathan admin failed to use that opportunity to invest in the health sector.
“It is no longer news that we inherited a troubled health care sector and the sector has been troubled for a long time. As one of the manifestations of the severely low spending on infrastructure generally and in health care, in particular, I think that what we have seen through the years is a scandalously low level of funding for public health care in Nigeria.
The level of public sector investment in health care in our recent past has, in no way, reflected our earnings, the high oil earnings, especially in the period between 2010 and 2015. That was when we earned the highest from oil prices.”
The President further stated that the insurgency in the North-East, which started in the same period, further brought the health sector to its knees, with the attendant impact on the level of immunisation and availability of medical personnel.